Hurricane Relief Concert raises $5,000+ for Red Cross

Concert organizers/lead participants from Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and NDSU, left to right:
Sonja Harasim, Jane Linde Capistran, Linda Boyd, Amy Richardson, John Miller, Lynn Speral (Red Cross), Bill Law, Dean Bresciani, Maggie Latterell, Beth Ingram, Angela Price, Karly Ritland, Mike Weber
Not pictured: Jeremy Brekke, Gretchen Hjelmstad, Russ Peterson, Merrill Piepkorn

September 21, 2017

Fargo, N.D. - NDSU Performing Arts and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony joined forces on Sept. 17 to raise $5,420 at a free Hurricane Relief Concert held at Festival Concert Hall. All audience donations gathered at the concert went to the American Red Cross – Dakotas Chapter to aid in relief efforts underway for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Donations continue to come in and may be made online at

The event included performances by the FM Symphony Brass Quintet, members of the NDSU BisonArts Singers with the Radio All Stars, Symphony violinist and Houston native Sonja Harasim, and other musicians with the Symphony and the NDSU Challey School of Music.

Linda Boyd, F-M Symphony executive director, and John Miller, director of the NDSU Division of Performing Arts, emceed the event. NDSU President Dean Bresciani and American Red Cross Dakotas Region CEO Lynn Speral took the stage to thank the performers and several hundred audience members for their support of relief efforts underway.

Two of the musicians provided personal insights into the impact of hurricanes, past and present. NDSU music professor and F-M Symphony trumpet player Jeremy Brekke lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and recounted the aftermath of flood damage to his home and the vital support of the Red Cross. Concordia music professor Sonja Harasim talked about her hometown of Houston and how family and friends fared after Hurricane Harvey.

Music performed at the event included “Quintet” by Michael Kamen, “Houston” by Lee Hazlewood, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen/arr. Russ Peterson, and a Dixieland parade-style postlude, followed by music with the Radio All Stars in the Challey Atrium.

Concert coverage
KVRR link: Hundreds Donate at NDSU’s Relief Concert to Help Hurricane Victims
WDAY: Local musicians perform for a good cause

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